LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach

Tricia Pearson
November 13, 2017

After Jones was sacked by UT early Sunday afternoon, a wave of Vols commitments in the class of 2018 announced they were backing away from their verbal pledges to the school.

Jones was hired December 5th, 2012 and was the 24th head football coach in school history.

ESPN's Chris Low reported that Brady Joke, former Ball State, San Diego State and MI head coach, will be the interim coach for the Vols. He can certainly provide a steadying hand, drawing on previous head coaching experience at Ball State, San Diego State and MI.

Hoke's first test as the head coach of the Volunteers is this coming Saturday when they host Louisiana State.

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The Butch Jones era featured several euphoric wins but too many heartbreaking losses.

Jones had three years remaining on his contract, which owed him $4.1 million annually through the 2020 season. His overall head coaching record is 148-78 and was 11-2 in his first season at MI.

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.

Butch's 2016 team scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, both marks the most in a single season in Tennessee history. And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years. The Vols lost to Kentucky two weeks ago and Jones was able to keep his job temporarily by bouncing back with a win over Southern Mississippi, but Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 loss to Missouri was the nail in the coffin. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards.

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